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Partners in Crime 

With a new weight-loss pill tested in London by Adipose Industries, The Doctor goes to investigate the sinister truth behind the product, only to find out that his old friend Donna Noble is investigating as well.

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James Strong
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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Catherine Tate ... Donna Noble
Billie Piper ... Rose Tyler
Sarah Lancashire ... Miss Foster
Bernard Cribbins ... Wilfred Mott
Jacqueline King ... Sylvia Noble
Verona Joseph Verona Joseph ... Penny Carter
Jessica Gunning ... Stacey Harris
Martin Ball Martin Ball ... Roger Davey
Rachid Sabitri Rachid Sabitri ... Craig Staniland
Chandra Ruegg Chandra Ruegg ... Clare Pope
Sue Kelvin Sue Kelvin ... Suzette Chambers
Jonathan Stratt Jonathan Stratt ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Independently of one another, the Doctor and Donna Noble are investigating Adipose Industries who claim to have created a revolutionary diet pill. The head of Adipose, Miss Foster, runs a pretty tight ship and they have been quite successful. Donna visits several people who have taken the pills and as advertised, the pills seem to be working. Except of course for the person that virtually vanishes, excerpt for a strange little creature in the bathroom sink. The Doctor and Donna join up eventually and come to the realization that there is definitely something alien behind what is going on. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Adipose developed from Russell T. Davies' idea that alien genetics were hidden in doses of a Botox-like drug, resulting in the people injected being overwhelmed by the genetic code and transforming into aliens. In his book Writer's Tale, he describes it as "Ladies Who Lunch/Lurch" (one of his cartoons included in the book shows his take on the idea). See more »

Goofs

The security guards shoot away the lock on the door, which they then kick down with no real effort. But the door would still be held in place by the hinges - they don't kick it with enough force to rip the hinges out, and even if they had, we can see that there's no damage on the hinge side of the door anyway to demonstrate their forcible removal. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[sees the Tardis fly by]
Wilfred Mott: Th-
[shouts]
Wilfred Mott: Donna, it's the flying blue box!
[looks up again; then looks through his telescope to see Donna waving at him]
Wilfred Mott: Wha- That's,
[looks though the telescope again]
Wilfred Mott: that's Donna!
Wilfred Mott: [sees the Doctor wave also] And that's him. That's him!
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Doctor Who: Journey's End (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa
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Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Best series opener yet!
8 April 2008 | by cameron-burnSee all my reviews

Doctor who has always been a part of my life. And after a long wait which seems like an eternity Doctor who is back on the BBC. At the start of a new doctor who season you always worry that it might be a disappointment but as usual the Doctir who crew managed to start on a bang and as "that" theme tune comes on the excitement gets bigger.

The openers of the series are usually poor in Doctor who because they tend to focus more on the character development than the storyline of the monsters. But enough said, this was the best opener since Rose and I am pleased the 4th series has gotten off to a good start.

There were many goods in Partners in crime. For me the the best of those goods was Catherine Tate and David Tennant. I found Donna a total pain in the runaway bride but she was absolutely fine in this opener. Her interaction with Tennant was good to watch and her comic timing definitely boosted some of the duller scenes in the episode.

The comedy can sometimes be to childish on Doctor who, but there were some great moments of comedy in this episode, my favourite when Gramps misses the spaceship behind him and the doctor and Donnas near-misses.

The submission of Rose in the series was known long ago since the crew find it hard keeping secrets but no one knew she would be in the first episode!

Now for the bad. As usual the doctor overuses his sonic screwdriver any plot dead-ends and tight spots. The story worked well, but I heyt the sillier plots in Doctor who, I know it needs to appeal to 7 year olds as well as 70 year olds, but I think plots about fat based aliens growing out of peoples bodies would be best suited on one of the more childish Doctor who spin-offs. And whenever Russel T Davies writes a story himself there is always a basic template that he refuses to budge from, which makes the scene with the adipose and miss foster feel too much like the evil company.

Overall this was an episode which has created a great lot of story lines for more episodes and I give it a 7/10.


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